I loved having a Bucket List of projects for 2021.
Now of course I didn’t get to everything but I also found I didn’t want to! Sometimes stitching something not on my list was more appealing at the moment! And I did want to keep up with my smalls and a few other “on a whim” stitches to mix it up a little. That said I got several special projects made up, and several started which I will aim to finish early in the new year, and of course some I didn’t get to at all on my list that will carry over to a new list of “must stitch (or at least start) in 2022.”
So what’s on the list?
Samplers. I have 7-8 that I LOVE, and I want to make a start on all of them so eventually they will be finishes. I hope to start one sampler every month or so, work on it as much as I’m inspired to, and plan to finish one or 2. They are:
Luz Gonzalez. I fell in love with this sampler the moment I first saw her and then every time I saw her after that I felt I must stitch this one.
Jane Plenderleath. One of the few “house” samplers that has made be catch my breath and say ” I must stitch that house.”
Sarah Spencer and/or ME Metcalfe. Sarah is lovely and I think it is prettier. But Metcalf (no E) is my maiden name and I have never seen a Metcalf sampler before. They are small. I’d like to do both.
Eliza Mitchell from La D Da. Both the verse and the little deer are charming. Plus I love La D Da!
Dorcas Haynes I will try her again this year! I will dedicate some good time to choosing my colors to make a bright version.
And something modern: Jeannette Douglas’ Alphabet Sampler in my own color way. I had so much fun pulling the silks for this!
Here are most of the threads, I’m going darker with more jewel tones, I guess a bigger rainbow of colors. The inspiration thread is Thread Gatherer’s Egyptian Nights which is the plummy blue one near the middle. It also has gold in it. It will be the band in the middle separating the alphabet form the little samplers, and also probably the letter J.
Tudor Flowers Purse from The Nostalgic Needle
Colonial Williamsburg Etui from GPA
Rosehips and Ivy from Blackbird Designs
And more TBD! I need a Just Nan small on this list I’m sure!
Special non-cross stitch Projects:
Leafy Tree from Mary Corbet
Home Sweet Home house. My kids gave this to me for Mother’s Day a few years ago. I started one of the smalls and was unhappy with the stitching so I put it away. They keep asking when am I going to make “That House We Gave You.” I’ve seen a few stitchers on Instagram working on it, and one was absolutely gorgeous. I am inspired! I better do it!
Jewel of the Sea Turtle: My most special project of the year! 2022’s “Butterfly!”
And maybe I’ll get something irresistible for Christmas that will get added to the list! And if I don’t, that’s ok because I have PLENTY!
And here are the starts that I aim to finish:
Spanish Sampler Etui which I shared recently-one side done! 5 to go! And the inside! And the assembly! And the smalls!
Victoria Sampler’s Anniversary Celebration Square, which I am doing for my parents’ 50th…I made a tiny start on it earlier this year and got frustrated. The time has come for me to just accept that I must figure out how to stitch with that Trebizond which is so difficult to use! After that, this will be a piece of (wedding anniversary) cake!